During the winter of 1497-1498, an English merchant from Bristol, John Day, wrote a letter to Christopher Columbus (or so most historians believe) in which he mentions John Cabot's discovery of the northern North American coastline:
"Your lordship will know that he landed at only one spot of the mainland, near the place where land was first sighted, and they disembarked there with a crucifix and raised banners with the arms of the Holy Father and those of the King of England ... They found tall trees of the kind masts are made, and other smaller trees, and the country is very rich in grass ... They spent about one month discovering the coast."
To read the letter in its entirety, click here.